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Friday, May 9, 2008 - 1:30pm
Public Policy Expert Mia MacDonald to Speak at PSU and at Portland VegFest on the Environmental Impact of the Omnivore Diet

Which is more destructive to the environment, what you eat or what you drive? The answer may surprise you.

International public policy expert Mia MacDonald will give a free lecture at Portland State University. MacDonald is the executive director of the New York-based non-profit organization Brighter Green, and her talk will provide fascinating and compelling evidence on how animal agriculture is at the root of a host of environmental problems, including deforestation in the Amazon, desertification, and climate change.

Friday, May 9th, 2008
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 229
1:30 pm 

MacDonald's visit to Portland State University is sponsored by local non-profit organization Northwest VEG with assistance from the campus organization, Vegans for Animal Advocacy.

About Mia MacDonald

Mia MacDonald is an animal activist, environmentalist, women's rights activist, and international public policy analyst. She has worked as a consultant for United Nations agencies, foundations, and international non-profit organizations, including the UN Population Fund, UNICEF, the Ford Foundation, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and the Ms. Foundation for Women, among others. She is also a senior fellow of the Washington, D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute whose research focuses on gender and population, biodiversity conservation, and reproductive health and rights. During the 2003-2004 academic year, she served as adjunct lecturer and co-director of the human rights concentration at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She holds a master's degree in public policy with a concentration in international development from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and has a strong interest in the impacts on animals, the environment, people's livelihoods, and public health of the globalization of factory farming. Website: